Luxury holidays in Detroit

Detroit’s had more turns of fortune than a roulette wheel, surviving race riots, bankruptcy, a great fire and other hardships, in between flying high through Henry Ford’s industrial boom, Motown’s soaring soul, techno’s nascency and – more recently – a kick start from innovative hipster industries and a fabulous food scene that draws crowds all by itself. Who knows what the future holds? But for now, with heritage buildings being rescued and restored (take the Masonic Temple, whose back taxes were covered by Jack of the White Stripes), a music scene that never really decelerated, guaranteed fun-hang bars and the good times rolling, it’s worth sticking around to find out…

When to go

You could visit year-round – you’ll be sure to find a bar to huddle in if you get caught in the northerly chill; but for street-art spotting or picnicking on Belle Isle, you’ll be most comfortable from late spring to early autumn.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, about a 20-minute drive from the city proper. But before you jump in a cab, swing by the McNamara Terminal to see its trippy ‘light tunnel’ installation.
  • Trains

    The Amtrak Station lies along Woodward Avenue, where you can catch high-speed Wolverine trains to Chicago, Michigan and Ann Arbor. Otherwise, you can zip across the city on the QLine tram or explore using the People Mover loop.
  • Automobiles

    Detroit’s not called Motor City for nuthin’ – parts of the city centre are pedestrianised, but in the wider urban sprawl you’ll need a set of wheels to get about.